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Sire Polarisation Continues At Goffs December

Tuesday's session featured Walk In The Park (Ire) as the sire of the top three lots at the Goffs December National Hunt Sale, and Wednesday's trade reflected much the same story, with that aforementioned sire responsible for two of the three top lots. However, it was No Risk At All (Fr)'s lot 605 that stole the show, when Glenvale Stud made a winning bid of €120,000 to top the session. Out of the Kayf Tara (GB) mare Hidden Harmony (Ire), the colt, the only one by his sire in the...

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Walk In The Park Reigns At Goffs December

Walk In The Park (Ire) sired four of the six highest foals and the three top lots, as the Goffs December National Hunt Sale continued on Tuesday. Ballincurrig House Stud consigned lot 294, a son of Appy Days (Ire) (King's Theatre {Ire}), and he caught the eyes of Gerry Aherne and Charles Shanahan for €90,000. His dam is out of G3 Nell Gwyn S. heroine A-To-Z (Ire) (Ahonoora {GB}). Said the colt's breeder Cathal Ennis, "I've had my fair share of setbacks and bred enough slow ones too. I'm not...

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Tributes Flow For Former Goffs Managing Director Jonathan Irwin Who Dies Aged 82

Goffs has paid tribute to its former managing director Jonathan Irwin, one of the most influential people in the history of the sales house, who died aged 82 on Sunday. Irwin joined Goffs in 1975 and oversaw the construction of the world's first purpose-built bloodstock sales complex in Kill, County Kildare. He was also appointed CEO of the Dublin International Sports Council (DISC) in 1993 and established the Jack and Jill Foundation along with his wife Mary Ann after the birth of their son Jack. Since 1997, the foundation has...

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Young Sires: Who's Backing Who To Be A Success In 2024?

With the foal sales at Goffs and Tattersalls confined to the rear view mirror, perhaps now is the time to get a good gauge on the young sires coming through.  Bragging rights belong to St Mark's Basilica (Fr), who topped the December Foal Sale at Tattersalls when a filly by the multiple Group 1-winning stallion out of Oaks winner Talent (GB) sold for 575,000gns.  The St Mark's Basilica sale-topper was consigned by Ashbrittle Stud and bought by agent Jill Lamb on behalf of Newsells Park Stud, with the former labelling...

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No Racing Background To Top Breeder And Pinhooker – Q&A With Hanshen Tham 

Hanshen Tham has become one of the most recognisable faces on the bloodstock circuit in Britain and Ireland but that's not to say that many people know a lot about the owner-breeder and pinhooker. Instead, Tham prefers to go about his business quietly.  This year was a big one for the 34-year-old. His family enjoyed its greatest success on a racecourse when homebred Thornbrook landed a listed contest in France for Joseph O'Brien. Not long afterwards, the Tham family enjoyed its biggest day in the ring when a Night Of...

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Walk In The Park First Wildcard Signed On To Goffs December

The first wildcard for the Goffs December National Hunt Sale is a colt by Walk In The Park (Ire) (lot 157A) out of the Grade 2-winning hurdler Sparky May (GB) (Midnight Legend {GB}). Offered by Baroda Stud, the colt is a half-brother to Grade 1 Cheltenham Festival winner and Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Stage Star (Ire) (Fame And Glory {Ire}). Stage Star was sold from the Baroda draft for €60,000 out of the Goffs Arkle Sale to Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls and is now a three-time Grade 1...

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21 Entries Confirmed for Coral Gold Cup Sale by Goffs

A final catalogue of 21 select, high-end pointers will be offered Saturday, Dec. 2 after racing concludes at Newbury racecourse through the Coral Gold Cup Sale by Goffs. Located in the winners' enclosure following the meeting, inspections will commence Friday, Dec. 1 immediately opposite the racecourse stables. There were 10 additional entries taken over the weekend including several recent winners like My Forever Annie (Ire) (Champs Elysees {GB}) and Mulinas (GB) (Malinas {Ger}), as well as prospects who made good showings. The full catalogue can be viewed here.

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Beeby Hails 'Truly Historic' November Breeding Stock Sale At Goffs

There was a rather aptly-named top lot to the final session of the November Breeding Stock Sale as Over The Moon (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) led the way on Saturday with Goffs chief Henry Beeby summing up the trade at Kildare Paddocks this week as "historic". Over The Moon (lot 1373) was sold in foal to Space Blues (Ire) to Ted Naughton for €80,000 from Knocktoran Stud in a week where the Niarchos draft, headlined by record-equalling half-sisters Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) and Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman...

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Alpine Star and Alpha Centauri Sell For Record-Equalling €6m Apiece To Coolmore

Coolmore Stud spent €19m and equalled its own record set for the highest price paid at public auction in Ireland 10 years ago for Chicquita (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) by flexing its buying power to secure half-sisters Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) and Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) for €6m apiece from the Niarchos draft at the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale on Friday. Alpine Star, the brilliant G1 Coronation S. winner, and multiple Group 1 and Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Alpha Centauri, carried the Niarchos family's colours with...

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Moyglare Stud Strikes For Thoughts Of June At 2 Million At Goffs

Listed Cheshire Oaks heroine Thoughts Of June (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}--Discreet Marq, by Discreet Cat) became the fifth mare to make €2 million or more at the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale when selling for that amount to Moyglare Stud Farm. Part of The Castlebridge Consignment, the 4-year-old is pregnant with her first foal by No Nay Never. Out of top American racemare Discreet Marq, who won the GI Del Mar Oaks and was placed an additional six times at that level, lot 1264 is a granddaughter of the stakes winner...

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Champion Alpha Centauri Brings Up Magnier Quartet At 6 Million As Goffs Sale Continues

Expected to be the star of the show, champion Alpha Centauri (Mastercraftsman {Ire}--Alpha Lupi {Ire}, by Rahy) did not disappoint and brought a co-session-topping €6 million on the bid of MV Magnier. Also part of the Norelands draft who were selling on behalf of Niarchos family like €3.3-million mare That Which Is Not (Elusive Quality) just three hips prior, the imposing grey (lot 1263) equaled the price of her Sea The Moon (Ger) half-sister and fellow Group 1 winner Alpine Star (Ire) to share topper honours. In foal to Sea...

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That Which Is Not Becomes Third 3-Million Mare At Goffs On The Bid Of Magnier

Hailing from the Norelands consignment, That Which Is Not (Elusive Quality--Shiva {Jpn}, by Hector Protector) became the third mare to clear the €3-million mark from the Niarchos family's bloodstock restructuring, with MV Magnier shelling out €3.3 million at Goffs late in the session. Lot 1260, in foal to Juddmonte's Frankel (GB), has already produced G3 Ballysax S. hero Piz Badile (Ire) (Ulysses {Ire}), who was runner-up in the G1 Irish Derby and third in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup. Her dam did win the Tattersalls Gold Cup, and this is...

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